With the renewal of the charging infrastructure at the Rembrandt Park project by real estate developer Boelens de Gruyter, 18 used EVBox charging points became available. Together with EVBox Group, they donated these charging points to the ROC of Amsterdam and the Keizer Karel College in Amstelveen for educational purposes.

In the Netherlands and several Western European countries, there is an increasing demand for technically trained personnel, from welders and construction engineers to architects and electricians. Due to the energy transition, among other things, the technical sectors in the Netherlands are short of tens of thousands of skilled people. At the ROC of Amsterdam and the Keizer Karel College (KKC) in Amstelveen, the focus is on technology and young people come into contact with it at an early age.

Educating young people for an electric future

The ROC, MBO College Westpoort, has a separate Mobility Technology branch where students come into physical contact with all kinds of technologies, including car technology. The KKC is a secondary school with a so-called technasium, a practice-oriented havo or vwo education. Working with charging stations is a first for both students and teachers at both vocational schools. This first introduction to charging infrastructure prepares the students for an electric future.

Maxime van Gelder, Business Development Manager Benelux at EVBox and former student, handed over the charging stations to Sietske Roos, technator and teacher of Dutch at Keizer Karel College in Amstelveen.

The shortage of well-trained technical personnel is not lost on Laadpunt Nederland, installation partner of EVBox. They are looking for several mechanics and also offer internships to facilitate the transition to the labor market and thus recruit more technically oriented students.

Giving charging stations a second life

Boelens de Gruyter is a real estate company where devising efficient solutions for sustainable (re)use plays an important role. Due to the redevelopment of the building at Nachtwachtlaan 20 in Amsterdam, Boelens de Gruyter commissioned the removal of the charging stations on site.

The charging stations are still fully functional, but as the whole area is being redeveloped, they had to make way. As a result of technological developments in recent years, it was decided to replace these stations after the realization of the project by a newer generation chargers. As an instrument in education, these stations are now given a second life. Laadpunt Nederland disassembled the charging stations and then delivered them to both technical schools.

The KKC received 5 charging stations with 10 charging points. The ROC was allocated 4 charging stations with 8 charging points. Both schools are looking forward to the upcoming school year where students can get to know this new technology and their future for the first time, according to EVBox Group.

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